CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Tennis team is set to begin their 2017 schedule as they open up at home with a double header against Occidental and California State LA.
The Sagehens enter 2017 ranked No. 6 overall according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and ended 2016 with a 20-4 team record and Co-Champions of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Returning at the top of the Sagehen singles and doubles lineups will be sophomore Caroline Casper. Casper had a breakout 2016 as she earned All-American honors with an appearance in the NCAA Semifinals last season. Casper comes into 2017 as the No. 6 ranked singles player in Division III as she looks to make another deep run into the NCAA Tournament this season.
The Sagehens also return three more All-Americans to their lineup from 2016 as sophomore Joy Kim returns who won the ITA Fall Tournament a season ago, Maryann Zhao who reached the Round of 16 in the NCAA Singles Tournament last season and also the team of Zhao and junior Emily Chen earned All-American honors as well.
Pomona-Pitzer returns three seniors this season in Mae Coyiuto, Maddie Gordon and Mallory Roth. Coyiuto rotated throughout the singles lineup last season. She saw time at the 3, 4 and 5 spots in the singles lineup and mainly contributed at the No. 3 position in doubles. Gordon and Roth will help the Sagehens this season as they will work their way into the lineups for singles and doubles competitions.
Junior Grace Hruska returns for her junior season as she was limited to a few matches last season. Hruska is off to a good start this season as her and doubles partner Joy Kim won the doubles portion of the ITA Regional Fall Tournament this season.
Junior Shivani Doraiswami will be a solid option for the Sagehens this season in the middle of their singles lineup. She ranged from playing in the No. 2 singles spot to No. 4 last season and will look to continue her success this season in singles play.
Sophomores Arianna Chen and Lucy Jiang round out the returners for this Sagehen squad in 2017. Chen mainly saw time in the back of the Sagehen singles and doubles lineups as she was a solid No. 5 and No. 6 option for Pomona-Pitzer. Chen also was a steady choice for the No. 3 doubles slot with teammate Joy Kim. Jiang will look to see more matches in 2017 as she will provide the Sagehens with good depth in their singles and doubles lineups.
Pomona-Pitzer will host Occidental and Cal State LA with at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday morning.